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Old 09-09-2013, 01:41 PM   #1
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Benefits of short shifter?

Is it just for looks or will it make my shifts smoother and easier???
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Yes it improves shifts, stiffness and noise. I recommend mgw
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The shifter itself doesn't change the look unless you change the boot or shifter knob.

An aftermarket short throw shifter, depending upon the one you get, shortens the throw of your shift effectively making it quicker. Some allow for a shorter/longer reach of the shifter so its easier to grab as well as the ability to reposition the handle.

The MGW (what I use) is a good example, it is adjustable (handle height) and can also be rotated 360 degrees for a more comfortable position.
MGW also has a stopping mechanism to safeguard against power shifting so as not to damage your transmission if you slam the gear.
Also a complaint I've heard with this model stang is it is easy to miss third, this shifter makes each gear feel distinct and feels very solid with each shift so you don't miss a gear.

I'm not sure that it necessarily makes it "smoother"
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Yes it improves shifts, stiffness and noise. I recommend mgw
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Absolutely the BEST aftermarket shifter I have owned since I started driving in 1980!!!
I have the factory boot, but I did buy the black knob with grey stripes and numbers.... It matches the car...
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I recently put a 160 dollar B&M shifter in my 98 GT. I love it. It really pops in and out of gear now and third gear is effortless. It really cleaned my shifts up. Mine's not adjustable but it's at the perfect height. Easy to install too, all done inside the car. Just pick up some Permatech gasket maker for the install.
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I got the pro5.0 and its good too. If I had extra money or stock shifter I'd go with MGW
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Thanx guys your very helpful!!! Y'all rock!! Now when I am at 4k rpm in 1st going into 2nd will it still shift smoother than factory???
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That all depends on you lol
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While you are thinking about it, I have all ready short shifted. Also your elbow will not hit the console.
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Smoothness of the shift will depend more on your trannys condition and the fluid more than the shifter. I recently purchased an MGW shifter and it is awesome. Short throws and firm shifts. Maybe a tad bit smoother as well but I did fluid change and shifter at the same time. Hope this helps
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Is it just for looks or will it make my shifts smoother and easier???
It's really rough IMO. I'd recommend driving a car with one before buying one.
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Smoothness of the shift will depend more on your trannys condition and the fluid more than the shifter. I recently purchased an MGW shifter and it is awesome. Short throws and firm shifts. Maybe a tad bit smoother as well but I did fluid change and shifter at the same time. Hope this helps
Thank you! I been craving mgw, I hear great things about them
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